• Clemson has won each of its last 22 opening games. The last time Clemson did not win the season opener was in 1984-85 when Clemson lost to Tennessee Tech in Cliff Ellis's first game as head coach. Ellis went on to become Clemson's winningest coach.
• Oliver Purnell is 4-0 in season openers at Clemson
with an average victory margin of 35.75 points per
game. He has won nine straight season openers
as a Division I head coach.
• Clemson has won 25 consecutive games against
Furman, including 17 in a row at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Furman's last win over the Tigers took place in
1977-78 at Clemson.
• Clemson has a 73-5 all-time record in Littlejohn
Coliseum over Southern Conference schools. This
will be Clemson's only game against a Southern
Conference school this year.
• Clemson forward James Mays was named to the
Playboy All-American preseason team. He is the
first Tiger in history to be named to that team.
• Cliff Hammonds has been named the captain of
the Clemson team. He is the first single captain
of a Clemson team since Chris Hobbs in 2003-04.
In October, Hammonds was inducted into the Blue
Key honor society at Clemson.
• Clemson has an 18-1 record in the month of November
under Oliver Purnell and has won 13 games in a
row. Clemson is 81-15 all-time in November.
• Demontez Stitt is slated to start the game at point
guard for the Tigers. He will be the 17th first-year
freshman to start the opening game for the Tigers
since freshman eligibility returned to college basketball
in 1972-73. He will be the sixth point guard
in school history and the fourth player under Oliver
Purnell to start the opening game as freshman. Vernon
Hamilton, Cliff Hammonds and Trevor Booker all
started the first game of the season under Purnell.
• Clemson was picked 12th in the preseason college
basketball poll by Basketball Times. The Tigers were
also ranked 22nd by Street & Smith. The Tigers
are 29th in poll points by USA Today and 30th by
Associated Press. Clemson was picked to finish
fourth in the ACC by the official ACC preseason poll
done by the ACC Sports Media Association. That
is Clemson's highest preseason selection since a
third- place projection prior to the 1997-98 season,
Rick Barnes final year at Clemson.
• Clemson won its exhibition game against Augusta
State on November 6 by a 79-66 score. K.C. Rivers
and Terrence Oglesby led the way with 15 points
apiece, while James Mays and Demontez Still
added 14 apiece.
• Furman lost its season opener at UNC Asheville on
Friday night, 78-75.
Clemson vs. Furman Series
• Furman is Clemson's oldest rival in
basketball. The first game in Clemson men's
basketball history was played against Furman in
Greenville on Feb. 9, 1912 and the Tigers came
away with a 46-12 victory. Furman had begun
its basketball history four years earlier against
• Clemson holds a 93-51 lead in the
series, has won each of the last 25 games, and
33 of the last 34. Clemson has won 17 in a row
played in Littlejohn Coliseum and 25 of 26 overall
in the facility since the first year of Littlejohn
Coliseum, the 1968-69 season.
• Furman's last win over Clemson took
place during the 1977-78 season when Furman
won at Littlejohn by an 87-68 score. Furman has
come close to defeating Clemson many times
during the 25-game Tiger winning streak. Seven
of the 25 victories have been by four points or
less and 10 have been by eight points or less.
Prior to last year's nine-point Clemson win, the
Tigers beat the Paladins by a 74-70 score at the
BiLo Center in Greenville in 1999-00.
• The closest Furman has come to
defeating Clemson in the last 25 meetings was
a 51-50 Clemson win in Greenville in 1982-83.
There have been three two-point decisions,
including a 55-53 Clemson win in overtime in
Greenville in 1984-85, Cliff Ellis's first season as
• Defense has been a key for Clemson
against Furman over the years. The Paladins
have failed to score 75 points against the Tigers
in 23 of the last 25 contests. Their high total is
83 in an 87-83 Clemson win in 1991-92.
Clemson - Furman Game Notes
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